Waste Expo Australia forges ahead

Waste Management Review speaks with Cory McCarrick, Waste Expo Australia Event Director ahead of the 2020 event.

COVID-19 has had flow on effects for every sector of the industry, with no business immune to social and economic challenges. Social distancing regulations have also forced a re-think of traditional approaches to work and gatherings.

While the long-term impacts of COVID-19 are yet to be fully understood, the waste sector is committed to keeping its essential service running.

It is in this environment that Waste Expo Australia forges ahead, driven by a belief that providing a platform for collaboration and knowledge sharing will help industry better understand its collective challenges.

With new COVID-19 cases slowing down in Australia, Cory McCarrick, Waste Expo Australia Event Director, says progressing cautiously, yet optimistically, with the event is the best option for industry.

He says the health and safety of exhibitors, visitors and staff is Waste Expo Australia’s number one priority.

“We are working closely with the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and government to ensure that Waste Expo Australia has the highest health protection activities, public health messaging, hygiene and medical control measures in place,” he says.

Cory highlights that the very purpose of Waste Expo Australia is to bring industry together, to share knowledge and to do business.

“This has always been important. However, the opportunity to collaborate, share ideas with industry peers and hear from industry leaders during the current climate will help the industry get through the COVID-19 situation quicker and be better prepared for the future,” he says.

“Many Australians are working from home and self-isolating, and Waste Expo Australia may be the first opportunity to see industry peers and to have a drink at one of our networking events. I’m sure everyone is looking forward to that.”

As one of the most comprehensive free-to-attend conferences for the waste management, resource recovery and wastewater sector, last year’s Waste Expo Australia saw a record number of delegates.

“Our team work exceptionally hard to improve Waste Expo Australia every year, and we were very proud to be announced as finalists for Australia’s best trade show at the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s annual Awards for Excellence last December,” Cory says.

The 2020 event is set to build on that momentum, with the program to cover a broader range of topics, sessions and speakers than previous years.

Cory says the team have been working hard to raise the bar for the 2020 event.

He says visitors can expect to find more in-depth streams covering policy and waste strategy, the circular economy, organics and health and safety.

“We will also continue to work closely with various industry associations and stakeholders to ensure that we’re offering the most relevant information and attracting the right people to the event.

“Some of our partners will be hosting co-located workshop and networking events too,” he says.

Cory says exhibitors and attendees can be confident that Waste Expo Australia’s Waste Summit program, as well as various co-located industry events, will deliver a highly qualified audience. He adds that the event will also provide networking opportunities to generate new business leads and strengthen relationships.

“The Waste Summit conference program is designed to deliver highly engaging, informative and educational talks, and will evolve again in 2020 to feature additional streams, new topics and more speakers,” he says.

“Many of our partners will be hosting their own industry events at Waste Expo Australia 2020 including workshops, networking events and the annual Victorian Waste Management Association dinner.”

Cory adds that the team are also working with various state-based associations to increase Waste Expo Australia’s interstate attendance and ensure the conference is the country’s leading national event.

“We cover the industry’s most pressing issues, which change every year depending on what’s happening in the industry. National Sword was a hot topic in previous events, and undoubtedly, COVID-19 will be featured heavily in 2020,” he says.

According to Cory, the Waste Expo Australia team is currently in the process of organising their 2020 speaker program.

“We pride ourselves in the research we do with our industry to find out what they want to see at the Waste Summit and who they feel they will learn from,” he says.

“We look for industry experts that have a powerful story to tell and deliver the necessary learnings and experience that our delegates can take back to the workplace and start implementing straight away.”

Last year’s event offered 35 hours of free, engaging and educational sessions, Cory says, with more than 100 speakers. “Many businesses have been heavily impacted by COVID-19 and suppliers are relying on our event to generate the leads they need to support their businesses,” he says.

“From an exhibitor’s point of view, it’s the opportunity to network and build relationships with the largest gathering of waste management and resource recovery professionals in the country.”

Waste Expo Australia is set to return to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 21-22 October.

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Waste Expo returns October 23

Waste Expo Australia, one of the most comprehensive free-to-attend conferences for the waste management, resource recovery and wastewater sectors, returns to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 23-24 October.

Waste Expo Australia Event Director Cory McCarrick said the event, featuring over 100 speakers, will provide the perfect think tank for navigating upcoming opportunities.

“On Wednesday in Melbourne, Waste Expo Australia 2019 will open its doors at one of the most significant times in history, attracting the largest gathering of waste management and resource professionals in Australia,” Mr McCarrick said. 

According to Mr McCarrick, Australia’s recent pledge to change and improve its recycling habits provides significant new opportunities for businesses in the waste and recycling industry.

“The government’s focus on improving recycling habits, particularly with plastic use, shows there will be significant environmental implications as to how businesses will need to be run into the future,” Mr McCarrick said.

The event will be opened by Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, leading a long list of industry professionals looking to discuss, question and examine Australia’s waste management processes, while also seeing the latest product innovations from over 120 brands in the supplier showcase.

Key exhibitors include Bost Group, Cleanaway, Caterpillar, HSR Southern Cross, Tricon Equipment, Applied Machinery and Hitachi.

Mr McCarrick said Waste Expo has grown significantly since 2018, and it is now a must-attend event for anyone in the waste and recycling industry.

“It is clear the push across all levels of government has put waste and recycling to the front of minds, and Waste Expo Australia will challenge current thinking and push boundaries of innovation to enable all businesses to examine their own operations, speak to suppliers and take on high-level information, all for free,” Mr McCarrick said. 

Heading up the Wastewater Summit stage on day one, Water Corporation Senior Technical Advisor Membrane Treatment Stacey Hamilton will outline the steps taken by Perth’s Water Corporation to establish Australia’s first groundwater replenishment scheme. 

“As Australia’s first scheme, developing the regulatory framework, understanding the technical challenges and keeping the community engaged are all part of keeping the scheme compliant,” Dr Hamilton said.

“The key message from the presentation will be the journey taken by the corporation to get where we are. Getting other utilities educated on the process and journey is important.”

Also on day one, Aerofloat Manager of Operations Michael Anderson will detail compact trade waste solutions and explain how washing with treated reclaimed water helps achieve high quality recycled products.

“Australia’s low water resources and environmental regulations means that any plastic recycling business must have an effective and reliable wash-water recycling system in place,” Mr Anderson said.

At the Wastwater Summit, Mr Anderson will provide delegates with a good understanding of the opportunities for plastic recycling, and highlight where businesses fit within Australia’s current political and environmental requirements.

“Attendees will see solutions that enable wash-water recycling to be used year-round, not just as a short-term fix within their plant,” Mr Anderson said.

Waste Expo Australia is co-location with All-Energy Australia, Energy Efficiency Expo and ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo, forming the nation’s most significant showcase for the waste, recycling, wastewater, renewable energy, energy efficiency and cleaning industries.

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Waste Expo Australia returns in October

Waste Expo Australia, one of the most comprehensive free-to-attend conferences for the waste management, resource recovery and wastewater sectors, returns to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 23-24 October.

The conference will feature two individual programs, the Oceania Clean Energy Solutions Waste Summit Conference and the EnviroConcepts Wastewater Summit.

The Waste Summit Conference will cover six targeted streams from resource recovery, waste-to-energy, collections, landfill and transfer stations, construction and demolition waste and commercial and industrial waste.

Attendees will hear from Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, EPA Victoria CEO Cathy Wilkinson, Sustainability Victoria Director Resource Recovery Matt Genever,  Acting Executive Director Waste Strategy and Policy NSW EPA Kar Mei Tang and Sustainability Australian Food and Grocery Council Director Barry Cosier.

Campaspe Shire Council, City of Holdfast Bay, Yarra City Council and Albury City Council will also present case studies.

The Wastewater Summit will address unique challenges and opportunities in wastewater treatment, with speakers from leading water utility companies.

Waste Expo Australia Event Director Cory McCarrick said no other waste event in Australia provides free access to such a high calibre of speakers.

“Waste Expo Australia is about pushing boundaries and challenging operations and businesses to innovate, not just through technology, but through workforce practices and policy reform,” Mr. McCarrick.

The event will also feature a supplier showcase, with over 120 brands including Caterpillar, Bost Group, Enviro Concepts, Applied Machinery, Cleanaway, Solar Bins Australia, STG Global, Joest, Lincom, Wastemaster, Bio Elektra, Greentech, Bingo Industries,  Oceania Clean Energy and Steinert.

Waste Expo Australia is presented alongside All-Energy Australia, the Energy Efficiency Expo and ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo – forming one of the nation’s most significant showcases for the waste, recycling, renewable energy, energy efficiency and cleaning industries.

Register to attend the free conference and exhibition by clicking here.

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